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before I tax your indulgence any farther Does "before I tax your indulgence any farther" mean "before I make you more tried by speaking about my projects" ? Context: I've a few theories I'm currently pursuing... but before I tax your indulgence any farther, may I offer you a drink?
Dec 14, 2016 12:33 PM
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You got the gist of it. Indulging is being tolerant, letting someone do something. Taxing, here, means taking a toll, being hard on something. So taxing someone's indulgence is "being hard on their willingness to comply". The sentenced could be read as "I've a few theories I'm currently pursuing... but before I bother you some more with my theories, may I offer you a drink?"
December 14, 2016
Yes, you have the right idea: "Before I *try you even more* by *talking* about my projects...".
December 14, 2016
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